Formatting in Word 2013

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Using Word 2013's Special-Character Keyboard Shortcuts

Some key combinations insert characters into your Word 2013 document. If you find these characters useful in your day-to-day typing duties, consider using their keyboard shortcuts: [more…]

How to Change the Font in Word 2013

The most basic attribute of text in Word 2013 is its typeface, or font. The font sets up the way your text looks — its overall text style. Although deciding on a proper font may be agonizing [more…]

How to Apply Character Formats in Word 2013

The Font group in Word 2013 lists some of the most common character formats. They’re applied in addition to the font. In fact, they enhance the font. Use them as you see fit: [more…]

How to Remove Character Formats in Word 2013

Word 2013 offers so many formatting commands that it's possible for your text to look more like a pile of formatting remnants than anything that’s readable in any human language. Word understands this [more…]

How to Set Paragraph Spacing in Word 2013

Word 2013 lets you add “air” to the space before or after or in the middle of your paragraphs. In the middle of the paragraph, you have line spacing. Before and after the paragraph comes paragraph spacing [more…]

How to Indent a Whole Paragraph in Word 2013

Word 2013 allows you to indent every line of a paragraph, by moving the paragraph's left margin over to the right a notch, just like Mr. Bunny: Hop, hop, hop. This technique is popular for typing block [more…]

How to Use the Ruler to Format a Paragraph in Word 2013

Paragraph formatting in Word 2013 can be confusing. Two places on the Ribbon are for paragraph formatting, or if you opt instead to use the Paragraph dialog box, your mind may go into shock from the abundance [more…]

Tab Basics for Word 2013

The Tab key is always used to help build tables or to organize information in a tabular way. Pressing the Tab key in Word 2013 inserts a tab character into your document. The tab character works like a [more…]

How to Format a Page in Word 2013

Page formatting in Word 2013 starts with the size of the page, which is normally the size of the paper you’re printing on. Page and paper are similar concepts, but in Word you can do more with a page than [more…]

How to Use the Page Setup Dialog Box in Word 2013

When you want more control over page formatting in Word 2013, you need the Page Setup Dialog Box and you must flee from the fuzzy beneficence of the Ribbon interface. [more…]

How to Create New Pages in Word 2013

As you type your document, Word 2013 adds new, blank pages for you to write on. These pages are appended to the end of the document, the extra pages keep appearing so that no text is lost and nothing falls [more…]

How to Use Sections in Word 2013

Page formatting commands in Word 2013 usually affect every page in a document: The settings for margins, page orientation, paper size, and other types of formatting apply themselves not to a single page [more…]

How to Use Headers and Footers in Word 2013

Adding a header or footer to a document brings a smidgen of professionalism to your Word 2013 written creations and helps keep things organized. There’s a difference between a header and a heading, and [more…]

How to Design Different Headers and Footers for Different Pages in Word 2013

The header or footer you set is the same for every page in your Word 2013 document. Or is it? For example, you can use different headers for its odd and even pages. Or maybe you have a document where you [more…]

How to Use Themes in Word 2013

Themes apply decorative styles to your Word 2013 document, such as fonts and colors, which gives your written efforts a professionally formatted feel with minimal fuss or talent. It's like having a graphics [more…]

How to Use Automatic Formatting in Word 2013

Part of the AutoCorrect function in Word 2013 is a feature named AutoFormat. Whereas AutoCorrect is used to fix primarily typos and common spelling boo-boos, AutoFormat is used to fix formatting fumbles [more…]

Tricks to Format Paragraphs in Word 2013

At the paragraph level, AutoFormat in Word 2013 helps you quickly handle some otherwise irksome formatting issues. Some folks like this feature, some despise it. That’s the way it goes with most things [more…]

How to Terminate Columns in Word 2013

You can stop the multicolumn format and terminate columns in one of several ways in Word 2013. For a newspaper column, the newspaper can go under. For a Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian column, your civilization [more…]

How to Make Lists with Bullets and Numbers in Word 2013

Whenever you have more than two items to describe in your Word 2013 document, consider creating a list. To draw attention to such a list, to call it out from the rest of your text, you can try hanging [more…]

How to Build an Index in Word 2013

A handy feature in Word 2013 is the ability to build an index. An index is a reference list like a table of contents, but with more detail and at the opposite end of the document. Also, the index is organized [more…]

How to Use Special Characters in Word 2013

Word 2013 lets you type all 26 letters of the alphabet. With other special characters — plus, numbers 1 through 9 and 0, a smattering of symbols, and punctuation thingies, that’s a lot to type. [more…]

How to Type Topics in a Word 2013 Outline

Outlines in Word 2013 are composed of topics and subtopics. Topics are your main ideas, with subtopicsdescribing the details. You should start your outline by adding the main topics. To do so, just type [more…]

How to Create Subtopics in a Word 2013 Outline

Outlines in Word 2013 have several levels. Beneath topics are subtopics, and those subtopics can have their own subtopics. For example, your main topic may be Things I Regret, and the subtopics would be [more…]

How to Expand and Contract Topics in a Word 2013 Outline

Unless you tell 2013 Word otherwise, it displays all topics in your outline, from top to bottom — everything. You may need to expand and contract your topics to see a grand overview of only the main topics [more…]

How to Format Basic Text in Word 2013

Word 2013 gives you lots of options for formatting your text. Word allows for very basic functions all the way up to advanced functions. You can change the format of your text in two ways: [more…]


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